Leisa DeCarlo-Taylor

Ballet, Lyrical, Modern, Jazz

Assistant Director, Dance Centre

Leisa is a New York-based dancer, choreographer, educator, and certified Pilates instructor. As a performer, Leisa has toured nationally and internationally, working with pillars in the field such as Lorry May, Vera J. Blaine, Noa Zuk, Ohad Fishof, Jacqulyn Buglisi, Bebe Miller, Hernando Cortez, Julia Ehrstrand, Zvi Gotheimer, Susan Van Pelt Petry, Ann Sofie Clemmensen, and Abby Zbikowski, in addition to performing in timeless works by Ulysses Dove, Yvonne Rainer, and Anna Sokolow.

 

Throughout her career, Leisa has had the opportunity to work and perform with companies such as Verb Ballets, Buglisi Dance Theatre at Lincoln Center, ZviDance, Columbus Moving Company, Impact Movement Collective, Cleveland Dance Academy, NACHMO, and Ohio Dance Theatre in the Youth America Grand Prix, among others, as well as in dance-for-camera films including: Targeted Advertising, directed and filmed by Mitchell Rose/choreographed by Susan Hadley; At Fault, directed and choreographed by Effy Grey; Impersistence by Jessica Cavendar; and in Pelotonia commercial Cancer-Free World. In 2014, Leisa toured and performed in China as an American cultural ambassador, where she led movement workshops at Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing, Wuhan University in Hubei Province, Northeast Normal University in Changchun, and Shanghai University, conducting international research later exhibited at the Denman Research Forum.

In 2018, Leisa debuted Ink, a self-choreographed solo presented by New Vision Dance Company in Columbus, Ohio and in 2019, was awarded a consecutive two-year educational residency and commission for Henrico Center for the Arts in Richmond, Virginia, premiering as the dust settles (2019) and soft hum (2020). Most recently, Leisa was commissioned by Collateral & Co. and Tweaking Reality Studios as a guest choreographer for The Space Above, a multidisciplinary dance installation created for The Nevada Museum of Art.

Leisa’s desire to explore the many facets and possibilities of the dance art form have steered her to multigenerational dance company Dances For A Variable Population, an organization that promotes dance as an innovative approach to therapy and empowerment through creative movement with a special focus on senior adults; Peridance Capezio Center in collaboration with Ronald K. Alexander; Dance/NYC as an advocate for the advancement of inclusion, accessibility, and equity at the core of today’s dance/arts culture; and Gallim, under the direction of Andrea Miller, where she curated a series of educational arts programming and was instrumental in the company’s groundbreaking choreographic residency at The Metropolitan Museum of Art as well as its first-ever self-produced Joyce Theater season in NYC. 

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